Supply chain design

There are numerous contexts in which companies identify the need to re-design their supply chain. These include:

  • Geographical expansion to serve new end markets
  • A strategic shift in sourcing policy to new geographies
  • Changes in Go-to-Market / Route-to-Market policy e.g. product mix, pricing, channels served
  • M&A activity
  • Increased management focus on cost reduction or service level improvement
  • Supply chain risk mitigation

Graphene Partners works in close partnership with its Clients to fully understand the drivers for the change, quantify and – where necessary – challenge the expectations.

There are some fine lines regarding supply chain decisions in setting the strategy and delivering it operationally. There will be elements of the supply chain with limited scope for change and others where change introduces risk, to cost or service, that should be avoided. So the task is to get to a balanced deliverable solution that can be understood and managed effectively by the organisation.

Graphene Partners will look at all elements of the existing supply chain to understand or determine the demand, constraints, capacity, processes, product flows and costs. Whether this is due to a change in circumstance or a search for improvement, this baseline approach allows our team to use its experience and relevant analytics to move to the next step of considering and recommending a way forward. Each of the elements described below may be considered and recommendations made.

  • Production and inventory
    • Raw material and component sourcing, forecasting and logistics
    • Manufacturing and outsourced capacity
    • Finished goods route to market
    • Risk
  • S&OP
    • Range management, product life cycle
    • Sales forecasts
    • Stocking policies
    • Service level
    • Review and daily processes
  • Freight and logistics
    • Lead times, service level agreements and contracts
    • Oversight, integration, control and measurement
    • In-house or outsourced
    • Flexibility
  • Supplier management & collaboration
    • Information sharing, collaborative tools, relationship model
    • Integration of systems and processes
    • Capacity planning
    • Service level agreements
  • Supply chain metrics and visibility
    • The strategic kpi
    • Inventory measures
    • Customer Service
    • Event management
  • Organisation and responsibilities
    • How best to organise in order to deliver the process
    • Organisation wide decisions
    • Operational execution
    • Skills and system gaps